Introduction to Lakewood, Ohio

Lakewood, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 5 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. It's included in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. The municipality has a high population density. Lakewood's Gold Coast features a large number of upscale high-rise apartment and condominium buildings. Clifton Park is the wealthiest neighborhood in the city. The downtown includes a large number of high-rise buildings. Madison Village, situated in southeast Lakewood is known for its counterculture atmosphere.

Lakewood features a large amount of historic homes. In order to keep the historic look of the city's houses the popular "Make Lakewood Beautiful" program has residents competing for awards which are given to the homes which best resemble the original design of the house. The city implemented a special building code which requires development in Lakewood to resemble the city's historic brick and mortar structures. The residential district known as "Birdtown" is a National Register Historic District. The city is bordered by Lake Erie.

Lakewood History

During the early 1800's Lakewood had not been developed and was still a forest area. James Nicholson was Lakewood's original settler and by 1818 he owned a large acreage and constructed a colonial house. During the mid-19th century agriculture was still a primary factor for the economy. The region was known for its quality fruit. After the Civil War ended Lakewood's population significantly expanded and the community was prospering. The wealthy citizens constructed numerous impressive mansions.

Near the end of the 19th century the population significantly increased again due to developments in the area's transportation, including streetcar lines and trains. The orchids and vineyards were replaced with homes. Immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe moved to Lakewood to work in the region's factories. It was established as a city in 1911.

Lakewood Attractions

  • Beck Center for the Arts features a variety of theatrical productions, concerts and art shows.
  • Lakewood Art Fair
  • Lakewood Farmers' Market
  • The historic homes of Lakewood

Lakewood Activities

Lakewood Park is a popular location for outdoor activities and includes an extensive trail for bicycle riding and jogging. The park has a concert stage and also features a boardwalk which offers excellent views of the Cleveland skyline. Nightlife is very popular along Madison and Detroit avenues. The residents enjoy the Winterhurst Ice Rink and the numerous quality parks.

Residents often travel to nearby Cleveland for activities and to watch professional sports. The Rocky River Valley is a popular destination in the county for activities. The nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a scenic destination and features the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad. Lake Erie features popular beaches.

Lakewood Transportation

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the closest major airport.


Total Population 51,155
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 28,318
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 36.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.4%
Median Earnings25+ $37,130
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,074


Median Family Income $62,835
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%


People Living Alone 44.9%
Median Gross Rent $698
Median House Value $131,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 24.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44107
Phone Area Codes 216
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.481
Longitude -81.798

Lakewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 32.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lakewood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Edgewater (44107)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay Village 15,469 $102,654
Brook Park 18,956 $59,304
Brooklyn 11,002 $51,116
Cleveland 390,584 $32,455
Fairview Park 16,552 $73,277

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakewood Public Libraries

Lakewood Public Library
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(216) 226-8275
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Lakewood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(216) 529-7134
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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